I’m pretty excited about my new crochet project! It came about suddenly….one of those ideas that wasn’t planned but that just started as an experiment….and now, Adopt-a-Creature is a new section in my Etsy store.
Each creature comes with a name and an attached story speaking to their personality/likes/dislikes/etc.
This all began because….about a month ago….I sat down and decided to crochet some amigurumi.
I had been working on some large projects, shawls and the like, but that morning I decided to focus on something small. Something that I could complete quickly (well, quicker than a shawl at least) and feel good about doing.
So, I made a bat.
I posted this picture on my Facebook, which was even before I added his wings, and he was a hit! So many people commented on him, saying he was “so bloody cute!” and asking whether I could make them one.
He hadn’t taken too much time create, so I made a few more. And in typical Me-Fashion, I got bored and branched out.
Bats became cats.
The cuteness began to multiply, my friends got really excited and since I was vending at a market a few weeks later, I decided to get really creative and make a bunch of them to sell.
From bats and cats, came Cthulhu!!!! (Yeah, I’m not sure of the link here….just go with it *wink*)
Originally the idea had been to make them as Yule tree ornaments, but the idea quickly snowballed into key chains, hair clips and pins depending on the size of each creature.
I made mostly creatures that would appeal to those who appreciate a darker (let’s say more gothic) aesthetic but someone suggested an owl…and I couldn’t say no.
In addition to creating them all, I decided to add names and stories to each one. Each story gave the creature a little more depth, a personality and added a bit of humor.
The stories came from me, as well as the creative minds of my spouse and my friends. (Thanks to all for your patience as I picked your brains!)
This Cthulhu kept me up the night before the market until 2AM. They are “born” with personalities already in place and Sthabbos was all “You WILL finish me before you sleep tonight!!”
I also stabbed myself with a needle while making him so the red eyes felt very appropriate!
A week ago came the big test…I took all my creatures to sell at the Bazaar of the Bizarre in Hamilton, ON.
Within the first couple of hours, most of my creatures were gone!
And by the end of the day, only Herbert remained.
(Don’t be too concerned for poor Herbert. I mailed him off to his forever home just today!!)
This was my first time making and selling amigurumi and I have to say I’m loving it. There’s something very satisfying about making dozens of littles creatures, each with their own personality and story.
Watch for more of these in future!